Jurgen Klopp tried to sign Liverpool midfielder while at Dortmund

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Sadio Mane has enjoyed a dream start to life at Liverpool.

The former Southampton winger was under huge pressure to live up to his £34million price tag, but after running Barcelona ragged in pre-season, he's now hit three goals in six league games to prove his worth.

Mane is undoubtedly indebted to Jurgen Klopp for his fine form, and the pair will be hoping he keeps it up when the Reds welcome Manchester United to Anfield on Monday night in what should be one of the games of the season so far.


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Liverpool fans will have loved the manner in which Klopp has got the best out of a number of his squad, with Mane in particular putting in some impressive performances since moving to Merseyside from Southampton in the summer.

However, the 24-year-old has admitted he could have linked up with the manager a lot earlier in his career.

"Before I came here, I had the chance to meet him when he was at Borussia Dortmund," he told BBC Sport.

"At the end of last season, he called me and told me he wanted me to come to Liverpool.

"I said straight away that I want to come. It was the right time and right coach for me. I am very happy to be here."

While it would have been interesting to see how Mane adapted to the Bundesliga, it's fair to say his style of play is perfectly suited to the Premier League, so perhaps it's best he's stayed in English football after all.

Mane will be key

Dortmund may well be kicking themselves now, though the Senegal international didn't go as far as to reveal why he didn't join BVB.

As all eyes turn to Monday's game, Liverpool are slight favourites having won their last four league games and of course possessing home advantage, which could be crucial thanks to their new and improved stand.

Reds legend Phil Thompson has pinpointed Mane as the one player who could make the difference for the hosts.

"I think the big one is going to be Mane, mainly because of his pace against Manchester United's back line," he told Sky Sports.

"He's the one player really that I think can exploit them."

Who will make the difference in Liverpool vs. Manchester United? Have your say in the comments. 

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